Bangalore: Under attack from Opposition as
well as his party men, Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhana
Reddy today met RSS leaders and is understood to have
explained to them certain issues concerning mining activity by
him and rallies being held on the issue in Bellary.
Reddy met RSS leaders Jayadev and Mukund here and
offered explanation on Opposition Congress and JDS allegations
of illegal mining levelled against him and two other ministers
-- his brother Karunakara Reddy and their associate B
Sreeramulu, RSS sources said.
They said RSS was unhappy over certain statements made
by Janardhana Reddy and Sreeramulu after they came under
Opposition attack and also on the Congress `padayatra`.
The RSS leaders expressed displeasure over the
unilateral decision by the Reddy brothers and Sreeramulu in
launching a counter-padayatra and rallies across Bellary
district ignoring even the advice of Chief Minister B S
The sources said Janardhana Reddy defended their
agitation to counter the Congress` Bellary chalo padayatra,
saying they were not at fault and have informed party leaders
Yeddyurappa had disapproved of the padayatra launched
by the Reddy brothers and Sreeramulu, saying being in
government they should not have done it. He had also
disapproved of Sreeramulu`s action in tonsuring his head.
Sreeramulu`s statement that he anticipated trouble in
Bellary when the Congress padayatra entered the district has
infuriated RSS and BJP leaders.
Last week, a delegation of BJP MLAs led by Excise
Minister M P Renukacharya called on Yeddyurappa, pledging
their support to his leadership and sought action against
These MLAs and Renukacharya were part of the dissident
movement by Reddy brothers against Yeddyurappa last year but
now have distanced themselves from the Bellary ministers.